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Wandering GreeksThe Ancient Greek Diaspora from the Age of Homer to the Death of Alexander the Great$
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Robert Garland

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691161051

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691161051.001.0001

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The Economic Migrant

The Economic Migrant

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Wandering Greeks

Robert Garland

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the reasons for becoming an economic migrant. In the modern world, economic migrants tend to be both entrepreneurial and dynamic, having demonstrated their willingness to take risks and leave their homes in order to create opportunities for themselves and their families. There is every reason to suppose that economic migrants in the ancient world would have been equally entrepreneurial and dynamic. A primary motivation for the movement of people in the modern world is the desire to escape financial destitution and starvation, though distress caused by political upheavals runs a close second. In the ancient world by contrast, where servile labor was readily available, merchants and craftsmen were the ones most likely to better their economic circumstances by migration.

Keywords:   economic migrants, economic migration, entrepreneurship, financial destitution, starvation, political upheavals, servile labor

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